I used to watch the Carol Burnett Show when I was a kid in the mid to late 1970's. Most shows don't age well, but when I see clips today, it is just as funny now as it was then. Hearing Carol Burnett tell stories about her life and what was going on in the background of her show is almost as funny as the show itself. I definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys a laugh--whether or not they watched her show(s) when they aired. Oh, and I cried in places, too.
Delivered as only Carol Burnett could do. Thank you for giving us this extra time together!
Each story is short, so it's a good listen for even short commutes.
What a delight to spend time with a lady who though challenged with life's tests has learned to share with grace and humor life's lessons and blessings. Her ability to encourage us to see the humor in everyday situations gives hope and drawn us to see a brighter vision of reality. It is said that every dark cloud has a silver lining and Carol has the gift to focus our attention toward that light. I personally liked her ability to look outside herself and see a greater power working in and through her life to bless others. Her personal stories not only give one insight into her life but also help to understand how in encouraging others we find encouragement for ourselves. In the final analysis I feel she shows how greatness comes through humility, service and showing the healing that comes in being able to laugh at one's self.
The stories were too sweet and chummy and not very funny. Ms Burnett's narration was strangely off kilter - her voice went higher at just the wrong moments. For a dramatic actress, she was a very sing-song, ineffective reader. The stories were too tame. If you were not a Carol Burnett Show viewer with memories of the actors she worked with, you will probably not find these stories very interesting. The only redeeming factor is that Carol Burnett is so NICE! And that comes through. But honestly, if we hadn't been on a long car trip with few other options, we never would have listened to the whole thing (and my husband usually likes
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This was so enjoyable I was disappointed when it ended. It even included your tarzan yell!! I'm so glad we had this time together...........
In answer to the question: "If you could have dinner with anyone ever, who would it be," my answer, from as far back as I can remember, has always been "Carol Burnett". With this audiobook I feel that wish has been granted. Burnett stuffs this book full of anecdotes from all points of her brilliant career that will have you unabashedly howling with laughter (thus, caution when listening in public) and fighting back tears (ditto on the public listening)--but mostly the former. Delightfully, her delivery is as passionate, absorbing and natural as one imagines an evening with Carol might be! And yes, you'll hear the Tarzan yell.
carol burnett has always been a hero of mine eversince i fell in love with her show. her stories are engaging and profound. i loved her book and i loved hearing her voice. she kept me enthralled all the way through to the end. thanks carol.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
In spite of Carol's unmistakable voice - which is a treat to listen to - I was disappointed to find that listening to a narrative of her career highlights was not nearly as entertaining as watching her. Not as many laughs as I had hoped.
Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.
Yes, I would. This mini biography is narrated by Carol and I believe it gives the reader a good feel for who she is.
I might compare it to Tina Fey's book if Tina didn't try so hard to make you laugh and force political views down your throat. Carol just lays it out there and the humor comes through naturally.
I enjoyed all the aurhor's anecdotes but particularly when she met Jimmy Stewart and when she was caught by Ladybird Johnson pretending to smooch Julie Andrews.
I laughed aloud several times. I really enjoyed when she discussed her wooden leg.
I would love to meet this woman and give her a great big hug. She and her cohorts have been a family staple my entire life. She and I are friends, we just haven't met yet.
If you are a Carol Burnett fan then this is the book for you. It will enlighten you, make you laugh, and sometimes bring you to tears.
I grew up watching Carol Burnett and each week it felt like she invited us into her life. To know some of the behinds the scenes that went on, how Carol and her family lived outside of the show, and the people and animals she helped along the way is inspiring.
Listen to her tell her own story. Better than reading the book.
I liked the stories that Carol has to tell and many were laugh out loud and others were very sad. Like all lives, she has had her ups and downs and it was nice to re-experience them with her.
My biggest issue was with some of Carol's inflections. It is certainly her style of speak, but she often ends sentences with a question mark even if they don't warrant? It got a little too much? So I tried to just enjoy the story? You get the point...